TBS will take a third shot on Tyler Perry, ordering 10 episodes of For Better or Worse, based on Perry's hit series of movies, Why Did I Get Married? The sitcom will go into production this summer.
"Just as it did with Perry's two other sitcoms - House of Payne and Meet the Browns - TBS will air the 10 episodes as a test, and if the series clears certain ratings bars, TBS will order 100 installments. Once the order has been placed, Debmar-Mercury will sell the show to TV stations.
As For Better or Worse arrives, House of Payne is preparing to end its run with 222 episodes in the can. Perry and Debmar-Mercury tested House of Payne on 10 independent TV stations in May 2006, resulting in TBS's purchase, and then brought it to the cable network in June 2007.
Perry's For Better or Worse follows the ups-and-downs of married life for Marcus and Angela, two characters who originated in the theatricals Why Did I Get Married and Why Did I Get Married Too? Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight) and Tasha Smith (Couples Retreat) are set to reprise the roles of television anchor Marcus and salon owner Angela. Additional cast members will be announced.